by Kendall. (San Diego, California USA) Hi, I'm Kendall and I'm 13. I've been making jewelry since I was 9. I usually just sell my jewelry to my friends. My mom loves it too, she often buys it form me and shows it off to her friends. I know my jewelry has potential and therefore I started an online store. Since i am still fairly young, I don't want to invest too much … [Read more...] about Am I Off To A Good Start?
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by Carolyn Angus. (Riverside, California USA) I am starting my Jewelry Business and am concerned about sales tax collection on-line. I hope to sell only in the US and with the states looking for additional money, especially through sales tax..... ...how do you know when to collect sales tax? I am in California and know I need to collect tax for those sales. What … [Read more...] about How Do I Collect Sales Tax from Online Sales?
by Wanda Mcphee. (Miami, FLorida USA) I have been designing jewelry for about 10 years and I totally love it. My problem is, I had never had any success marketing online and as I am a Graphic Designer from 9-5 week days, I really think that selling online is the best alternative for me with my schedule. My jewelry is made from all natural materials like seeds, … [Read more...] about No One Knows My Jewelry Exists
by Dianne Culbertson-Jacques. Doing business online is tough; there's a lot of competition out there. So how do I get people to my jewelry website? How do I grow my jewelry business e-mail list? These are questions I have asked myself over and over. Hold a Monthly Drawing I can't afford big advertising, but I can afford to give away a piece of jewelry or a hat once … [Read more...] about Building Your Jewelry Business Email List
by Emilee Elder. (Pennsylvania, USA) I started my jewelry business in 1992, trademarked my business name shortly thereafter, and registered my domain name in 1997. I am careful to and take steps to protect my trademark and domain name. So when I received this email recently, naturally I went on high alert. Here is the email message: Notice of Intellectual … [Read more...] about Is Someone in China Trying to Steal Your .com Name?
by Anonymous Jewelry Artist. I've wanted to set up a website for a long time to sell my jewelry. I'm not looking for a web empire, really, but I'd like to be able to pay for my supplies. So I have two questions: 1. When do you know you are good enough to sell your jewelry? 2. If my designs are mostly in silver nickel should I invest in sterling silver wire/findings … [Read more...] about How Do You Know You’re Ready to Sell Your Jewelry Online?
by Marina Mateva. (Sofia, Bulgaria) I would like to share with you ideas I collected from my friends while I was creating my online shop. Almost over a year my husband and I were trying to find a person who could create an online shop for me with very low financial motivation. Unfortunately, we have lost a lot of time when finally understood that there are only two … [Read more...] about How to Create a Customer Friendly Jewelry Web Site
by Caron Lambert. (Syracuse, New York, USA) Hi everyone. I am in the process of taking my jewelry and accessory business to the next level and setting up a web page. I am curious to know what you all think about offering gift boxes with purchases. Should they be included in the price of the item or should I charge for them? Should they be listed as an option in case … [Read more...] about Gift Wrap or Gift Box? Shipping Charges?
by Sue Runyon A banner, in website design, is often a 100 x 760 pixel sized image that goes across the top of web pages. Other sizes are used for blogs or other applications. Your banner is extremely important because it sets the stage for the entire website and your image as an artist. It's the first impression that invites people to stay or makes them want to leave … [Read more...] about Banner Design Tips for Your Online Jewelry Business
by Rena Klingenberg. We're lucky - mailing jewelry is far easier and cheaper than mailing most other types of artwork! Most jewelry is small and lightweight enough to fit in the smallest size shipping box or bubble-padded envelope, and sent with a relatively small amount of postage. Packaging Your Jewelry for Shipping When shipping jewelry, I package the piece … [Read more...] about Jewelry Mailing Tips
by Elizabeth. Rena, you have done such amazing things for me. I continue directing people to your site, and consider your Social Networking e-book such a GREAT asset to jewelry designers. I have been telling them about you! To everyone reading this post, I have struggled with a debilitating chronic disease that has had me in and and out of the hospital. Even worse, … [Read more...] about Let Social Media Help Sell Your Jewelry Online
by Kathleen Waltrip-Gardella. (Santa Barbara, California USA) I needed an easy way to show my work quickly to my clients and video seemed like a natural way to go. By creating a montage of new pieces, a bit of me and photos that are my inspiration I was able to create a feeling around my work: So far the reactions have been incredible. Before I would send out photo … [Read more...] about Putting Your Collection On Video